The Outsiders Johnny Character Analysis

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Good Can Outshine the Bad
“There’s still a lot of good in the world.” The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is about two social groups, the Greasers and the Socs, who live in a city in Oklahoma. They do not get along and get into big trouble because of it. One character that stands out in the story is Johnny, because he encounters irony and lots of character development. He encounters irony mainly by killing a Soc, but soon after saving multiple children from a burning building. Throughout the book, Johnny is constantly learning new things about himself and other people, which contributes greatly to his character development. Johnny can be described as scared, caring, and sensitive.
Johnny can be described as scared for many reasons. One example of this is when he got jumped by a group of Socs. On page 34, when Ponyboy is telling Cherry about Johnny’s encounter with the Socs he says, “Johnny, who was the most law-abiding of us, now carried a switchblade. He’d use it, too, if he ever got jumped again. They had scared him that much”. This shows that Johnny was scared the day he got jumped and was still fearful of the Socs to the day he died. Another example of Johnny being scared is when he stabbed and killed Bob for fear of him drowning Ponyboy. On page 74, Johnny says, “I didn’t mean to but they were drownin’ you, and I was so scared.”
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One example of Johnny being scared is when he was jumped by a group of Socs, causing him to be fearful of them for the rest of his life. Johnny can also be described as caring when he helped to save the children from the old burning church. Finally, Johnny can be considered sensitive when he reveals his true feelings about his home life. Johnny, as all of the characters in this book, face daily struggle that pile up and can block out all of the good things. Although life may get rough, you have just got to remember, there is still a lot of good in the

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